Aspetar’s Laboratory Department is focused on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease. They support Aspetar’s vision of ‘assisting athletes reach their full potential’ by focusing on leading through innovation in quality customer oriented clinical services, education and research, and to establish the department as a referral centre for other hospitals and clinics.
The Laboratory Department aims to provide support and direction in transformational healthcare by utilising a substantial joint knowledge of both basic sciences and the best clinical practice available to offer a full spectrum of laboratory services.
By applying innovative diagnostic testing that is designed to both prevent new and manage existing diseases, the laboratory department performs a multitude of tests for inpatients and outpatients alike. Test result reports are efficiently handled and available within a timely manner for the attending physician or other authorised personnel to view and then discuss with the patient directly. When necessary, the department can also assist with off-site collection of samples.
Aspetar’s experienced staff provides microbiology and infectious disease consultation services when required, and additional consultation and referral services are available through joint alliances with Al Ahli Hospital and Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) in Doha, and the Bioscientia Referral Laboratory in Germany.
The Laboratory Department offers comprehensive analytical services in the disciplines of the following:
Phlebotomy is the procedure whereby blood is collected, which can then be used for clinical or medical testing, transfusions, donations, or research. Our phlebotomists are medical experts trained to draw blood, which is primarily done by inserting a needle into a vein in your arm. The procedure takes around 10 minutes, and while you do not need to fast beforehand you should drink plenty of fluids, both before and after your appointment, to help combat any possible feelings of dizziness or fainting.
Chemistry / Immunochemistry
Chemistry encompasses numerous blood tests across a wide spectrum of requirements, with common tests including glucose, calcium, chloride, cholesterol, blood, creatinine, potassium, liver and heart enzymes, and urea nitrogen (BUN) amongst others. Immunochemistry, meanwhile, is a branch of chemistry that involves the study of the immune system and how the body fights off infection and responds to foreign entities.
Hematology is the study of blood and blood diseases, and includes problems with both red and white blood cells, platelets, blood vessels, bone marrow, lymph nodes and spleen, as well as the proteins involved in bleeding and clotting. Hematologists count and classify blood cells into different categories to enable the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases related to the blood, of which common disorders include anaemia and bleeding disorders such as haemophilia and blood clots.
Coagulation is the study of the clotting activity of blood. Coagulation begins when blood vessels constrict to limit the blood flow to the injured area, and is immediately followed by the activation, adhesion, and aggregation of platelets which form a temporary platelet plug, effectively halting the flow of blood. Coagulation disorders can result in bleeding (hemorrhage or bruising) or obstructive clotting (thrombosis).
Microbiology is the study of micro-organisms that can include any number of algae, bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses. Almost all bodily fluids and tissues can be cultured for infectious disease, allowing them to be tested against different antibiotics to establish the most effective way to fight off the infection, while simultaneously limiting opportunities for antibiotic resistance.
Serology / Immunology
Serological tests involve a number of laboratory techniques and can be used to diagnose a multitude of health issues. All serology tests focus on proteins made by the body’s immune system, which is a vital defence system our body initiates to help keep us healthy by destroying foreign antibodies. Going hand in hand with serology, immunology is the study of immune effects within the body, including those foreign antibodies. Immunology and serology use this as a diagnostic tool for the fight against infection, and can also utilise a patients information based on these tests to determine compatibility of transplanted organs.